Originally Posted by Rockter
Water is not commonly found in the lungs of drowning victims.
Even if it were, you have got to get oxygen into the victim's blood and get it circulating or it's game over.
Where did that come from? When a person drowns water gets inhaled because it is a body reflex to breathe even while unconscious. When a person drowns they usually become exhausted or hypothermic, pass out, then inhale water. It is the reason why many drowning victims sink and are not easily found (their lungs are nolonger displacing air).
If you get to the person quickly enough CPR -can- induce the lungs to expel the water, just as it can help to get the heart beating again. It is unfortunate that the man lost his life due to drowning when the boat and crew were able to find and rescue him from the water.